Networking councils provide members an opportunity to network and exchange information with other city representatives experiencing similar challenges, as well as to ensure that the interests of the councils are reflected in NLC's policy.
The Large Cities Council is comprised of representatives from member cities with populations of 200,000 or more, or the largest city in a state. Members convene to network and share ideas and solutions to challenges affecting large cities. Members of the Council are active participants in NLC's advocacy efforts and ensure that the needs of large urban centers are reflected in NLC's federal advocacy efforts.
- To be recognized as the voice and advocate for large cities
- To be a resource to municipal officials from large cities
- To engage large cities as active NLC members
The Small Cities Council is comprised of representatives from member cities with populations of 50,000 or less. Council members convene to network and share ideas and solutions to challenges affecting small cities. The Council works to ensure that the interests of small communities are reflected in NLC's overall policies and programs and provides a forum for sharing ideas and best practices among smaller communities.
- Sharing examples of successful small city programs and initiatives
- Ensuring the members of the Council are well-informed about NLC and can be effective spokespersons about the role of small cities in NLC
- Exploring ways to make NLC more financially accessible to small cities
- Finding ways to connect small cities directly to key NLC agendas and to policy and legislative issues that have a direct impact on small cities
- Helping to recruit more small cities to become NLC members
The First Tier Suburbs Council (FTS) represents cities and towns outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas. These communities share unique challenges and strengths that should be included in national, state and regional policy discussions. First tier suburbs are diverse with respect to size, demographic characteristics, age and history, resources and governmental structure.
Members of the University Communities Council share problems and opportunities which are unique to university communities, especially where a university is a dominant factor in the community. Issues of importance to university communities are economic development, transportation and infrastructure, sustainability, noise and other nuisances, housing and neighborhood concerns and partnerships between the university and the city or town.
- Create opportunities for elected municipal officials from university communities to become involved in NLC for networking and information sharing
- Provide input and guidance to NLC to ensure that the needs and interests of municipal officials from university communities are included in NLC programs and services
- Assist cities, NLC, and State Municipal Leagues in gathering, sharing and analyzing information about opportunities, issues and policies of interest to university communities
- Foster a spirit of cooperation between universities, colleges and city and town governments
The Military Communities Council gives cities and towns with or near military installations an opportunity to share concerns, ideas, and best practices to address issues unique to their communities. Meetings of the group include speakers on a variety of topics and active exchange of ideas among Council members leading to recommendations to the appropriate NLC policy committee or advocacy group.
- To be the NLC advocate for communities supporting military installations by facilitating discussions, partnering with similar organizations, and identifying concerns and challenges to NLC leadership
- To identify, share, and learn from the experiences and best practices of cities and towns relating to social, community, and municipal relationships with supported military installations
- To promote the value of membership in the Military Communities Council to NLC member cities and towns that support military installations but who are not yet affiliated with the Council
- To foster understanding between elected officials and the military leadership of supported installations regarding roles, responsibilities, strengths, and areas of mutual interest regarding governance and municipal team work